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Saxophones Antigua Pro-One Soprano

Mack

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There can be only one...

Over the last few months I have sold all my saxes, the idea being to replace them with just one, which I will stick with. I have just received 'the one' - an Antigua Pro-One soprano - really nice condition from ebay. I decided that my playing would improve if I always picked up the same familiar horn and mouthpiece every time I play, as all the chopping and changing I have done over the years has surely not helped. Get a quality horn and mouthpiece, and just practice!

After a couple of days I can say that the Antigua is beautiful - much easier playing up in the palm keys, solid intonation and a warm characterful tone. It feels really solidly built, a very good looking horn. I get the feeling that it has a lot in reserve, which will reveal itself with practice. Really pleased with it. It is the Pete Ponzol design, and is in a completely different league to the S590 Antigua I used to have (and that was pretty good - best tuning of any soprano I had played, up until that point).


The other reason for selling everything else was to buy a bespoke mouthpiece from Joe Giudallo of Soprano Planet. I had a detailed email conversation with him, describing my horn, playing style, experience, whose sound I would most like to emulate - he says he will make a Missing Link mouthpiece that will be perfect for me. Can't wait for it to arrive - he said he should have it finished in 6 days. They are expensive, but then when you consider the money wasted in buying and selling mouthpieces over the years, I thought it would make sense to just have the right one made, and stick with it. Feels like being measured up for a suit - luxury!

Now, to cancel my ebay account and never, ever, look again...:optimistic:
 
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Mack

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Joe just emailed to say its on its way - probably to be delayed for weeks, the way things are at the moment. ..:eek:
 

saxyjt

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That sounds very sensible! I often have the feeling that I'm wasting a lot of energy battling against 4 variants and the best proof is that now I feel more comfortable with tenor I've lost the comfort zone I felt I had reached on Alto. Not to mention soprano and baritone that I play even less and often feel like they are running away from me to my greatest despair.

So I know I have too many horns and mouthpieces, but I'm also technically hooked on these horns, so every one of them I can get my hands on is an adventure and a learning curve.

In any case, I really admire your approach and find it very mature.

Good luck and mainly 'have fun' with that refined setup. I bet you will not be as frustrated as I often feel...
 
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Mack

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...and of course you all recognised the film reference in the first post...I showed my kids this AAA*** rated absolute classic to my kids recently - and they laughed at the 80's special effects, and left before the end. Felt strangely deflated - like they were walking all over my youth with Big Boots...:oops:

The Antigua Pro-One - the metal in the bore folded a thousand times...or summink...

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saxyjt

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Lambert was a star then after Greystoke. There was another interesting movie back then with him called 'Subway'. Probably not a hit outside France. But the soundtrack by Eric Serra was good and he has done most of if not all of Luc Besson's soundtracks since.
 
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Mack

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I saw Subway before Highlander. Lambert's peroxide blonde outsider left a deep impression on me. Also Jean Reno (The Big Blue, Leon) in an early role. Cool film.
 

Jules

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I saw Subway before Highlander. Lambert's peroxide blonde outsider left a deep impression on me. Also Jean Reno (The Big Blue, Leon) in an early role. Cool film.
One of my faves from back in the day... splendid film
 
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